Al Franken announces he’ll resign from in the coming weeks. Franken spoke on the Senate floor about his political career and what led to his decision to step down.
Even many of his democrat colleagues called for Franken to resign in the midst of several women accusing the Minnesota senator of sexual misconduct.
The current Minnesota Senator voiced, “I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice.” He says he’ll addressing issues as an activist.
Franken says he can’t go through a Senate Ethics Committee investigation and effectively represent his state at the same time.
Despite reports he was planning to resign, Franken tweeted late Wednesday night he had not already made a decision and would address the situation Thursday.
Senator Franken is talking with his family at this time and plans to make an announcement in D.C. tomorrow. Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017
In a speech that lasted 11 minutes, he thanked and anyone who helped him along the way. To his family Franken expressed, “I’m going to be just fine.”
He says some charges against him are untrue and that he remembers other differently than his accusers do. But Franken does say women “deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously.”
Franken’s troubles began when Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her and posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. Tweeden posted an article to detail the incidents that she says occurred during a USO tour in 2006.
— Leeann Tweeden (@LeeannTweeden) November 16, 2017